Life And Death In Mary Shelley's Dracula And Frankenstein

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Life and Death in Dracula and Frankenstein Both Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley, and Dracula, by Bram Stoker, deal with the issues of death and resurrection and the blurring of the boundary between life and death. However, the way death is portrayed in each story is different. Frankenstein focuses more on the mental effects death has on Victor, as the monster he has created goes on a rampage killing innocent people, while Dracula portrays death in a more literal sense. Stoker uses life and death as the main structure of his novel, while Shelley uses death to show the emotions of Victor. Death is a running theme throughout the story of Frankenstein, many of the characters die in one way or another before the story is over. Those who are not killed either wish to do die like the Creature or are in danger of dying soon like Walton, who has been in the Arctic for months and whose crew has lost faith in him. Ironically, Victor states early on in the novel "Wealth was an inferior object; but what glory would attend the discovery, if I could banish disease from the human frame, and render man invulnerable to any but a violent death!"(42) His actions result in the violent deaths of his family members and friends by the Creature. "Life and death appeared to me ideal bounds, which I should first break through, and pour a torrent of light into our dark world... I thought, that if I could bestow animation upon lifeless matter, I might in process of time (although I now found it

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